24/08/2017 - Permalink

Shropshire supports One You national campaign to get adults more active

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One You walking campaign poster

One You – 10 Minutes poster

The One You campaign is encouraging adults to start improving their health by walking briskly for 10 minutes each day and to help, people are being encouraged to download the ‘Active 10’ app. This free app shows how much brisk walking you’re doing, when you can increase your pace and how you can fit more brisk walking into your day. It also sets goals and provides hints and tips to keep you going.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, said:

 “We are really excited to be part of the One You Active 10 campaign and support more local communities to be more physically active.

“Modern day life makes it hard to be healthy, so it’s not surprising that most of us are not fitting enough physical activity into our days. Sitting down at work and commuting by car or public transport means we’re not active for a lot of the working day, and technology allows us to shop and stay in touch without ever having to leave the sofa.

“People do not have to wear sports kit or start expensive fitness programmes to get the benefits of an active lifestyle – walking counts too. A brisk ten minute walk can make a huge difference to your health – it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 50,000 people have already downloaded the Active 10 app and are on their way to a healthier lifestyle, so why not join them?

“There are so many ways that people can fit 10 continuous minutes of brisk walking into their everyday lives, such as walking to work, stepping out at lunchtime, walking to the shops or local park or taking your dog for a walk.”

Other benefits of 10 continuous minutes of brisk walking every day are increased physical fitness, improved mood, improved quality of life, increased physical leanness and healthier weight.

For more information about the One You Physical Activity campaign, and to download the Active 10 app, go to http://po.st/Active10_Shropshire.

There is also a wealth of advice and information that can help people to improve their lifestyle behaviour on our Healthy Shropshire website. Information ranges from eating well and moving more to stopping smoking and drinking less. Visit www.healthyshropshire.co.uk.